Week 44 – Easter waves

Week 45   Easter Saturday 30 March to Friday 5 April 2013

Eastern View beach

Eastern View, Great Ocean Road, between Anglesea and Lorne

The surf was terrific over Easter down by the Great Ocean Road – not that I can surf (I can hardly swim). It was a treat to watch some fine surfing on some terrific waves at Eastern View and Cathedral Rock. It’s a treat to be down that part of the world, regardless of the weather or the surf or even the traffic.

Easter, of course, means  the Bells Beach Classic. I steered clear but was tempted to take the turn-off on my way back  from the Geelong-Williamstown game at Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay. Instead my son and I had a kick of the footy at Bellbrae.

This week’s dips:
Easter Saturday 30 March: Fairhaven, 9am
Easter Sunday 31 March: Sunnymeade (Aireys Inlet) 9am
Easter Monday 1 April: Moggs Creek 9am, Eastern View 3pm
Tuesday 2 April: Lorne 9am, Williamstown 5pm
Wednesday 3 April, Thursday 4 April and Friday 5 April: Williamstown, 7.15am

Scoreboard: 308 dips, 57 to go.

Next week: maybe Tom’s poem!

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Week 30 – on the road

Week 30 Saturday 22 December to Friday 28 December 2012

Queenscliff beach

Queenscliff beach. Saturday 22 December.  

After pedalling the 30 kilometre rail-trail from Geelong to Queenscliff I was glad to have a dip. The water revived me, but not quite enough: halfway on the return journey, I was done. Tuckered out.

Queenscliff beach

Queenscliff beach.

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, Williamstown

Sunday 23 December. Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, Williamstown

Sunday 23 December was going to be a scorcher. Thirty-nine degrees. Back in Williamstown after the Queenscliff ride, I headed to Jawbone at first light. The water was sparkling clear, the fish were awake. I had the place to myself. As I headed home for breakfast I saw a boat creasing the water in the distance and an aeroplane overhead.

I swam at Williamstown beach on 24, 25 and 26 December, including two dips on Christmas Day.

Hang glider at Moggs Creek

Moggs Creek. Photo by Reuben Maskell

On Boxing Day afternoon I had a dip at Moggs Creek, where we were staying for a few days. There were plenty of hang-gliders landing on the beach.

Eastern View beach

Thursday 27 December, 8am. Eastern View, just down from Moggs Creek.

Lorne surfboat

Thursday 27 December, 4pm. Lorne.

Lorne beach

Lorne beach

The water was lovely at Lorne on Thursday 27 December. A few people seemed to be practising for the Pier to Pub swim. Meanwhile, there was tragedy at my ‘home-beach’ in Williamstown: a 74 year old man from Footscray drowned while swimming with his family.

Sunnymeade beach cricket

Friday 28 December Sunnymeade beach cricket

Sunnymeade beach, near Aireys Inlet

Sunnymeade beach, near Aireys Inlet

The week’s dips concluded with two swims  – 7.30am and 4.30pm – at Sunnymeade beach, near Aireys Inlet.

Week 6 – to the west coast

Week 6 – Saturday 7 July to Friday 13 July

Eastern View beach, looking north towards Moggs Creek.

I headed down to the coast for much of week 6, staying at Moggs Creek. I’ve been visiting Moggs for 40 years, ever since my parents bought land there. Moggs Creek is halfway between Anglesea and Lorne. Blink and  you’ll miss it, though blinking isn’t advised when driving along the Great Ocean Road.

I swam at Eastern View, a kilometre from Moggs Creek, for three mornings. ‘Also had a dip another morning at Urquarts Bluff, about eight kilometres back towards Anglesea.

The ocean is never as calm as it looks, so you’ve always go to be careful.

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